Comedy vs Porn: Stormy Daniels Fires Back After Stand Up Tour Announcement Pisses Off Comedians

Over the weekend Stormy Daniels announced that she’s going on tour…as a stand up comedian. And some comedians, particularly some women in comedy, are peeved about it. Daniels spent much of today going back and forth with comics battling the question of whether the move is one of empowerment and choice, or exploiting celebrity to the detriment of others. The fight reignited an ongoing problem in the comedy industry- that clubs are reluctant to book female comics to headline.

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So far the tour only seems to have one date. Daniels will be performing two shows at the Joke Joint comedy club in Houston, Texas on March 20th. According to the club’s website, this will be the first stop on her tour.  Daniels has no background in stand up, she’ came to fame first as a big name in adult entertainment, starring in 150 pornographic movies, and earning a big pile of awards in the biz, and then later of course for her association with Donald Trump.

Stormy isn’t the first porn star to take an interest in telling jokes on stage. Just recently Brazzers hosted a night of comedy mingling actual stand up comedians with adult film stars giving it a shot on stage together and everyone seemed to get along and have a great time.

But her announcement of a tour has sparked some angry tweets from comedians. Daniels says its mostly male comedians getting upset but there are women taking issue as well. National headliner, Conan writer and bestselling author Laurie Kilmartin is one of the comedians who commented. “Doing standup is not a reward for being famous,” she wrote on Twitter. “Please leave the weekend gigs for actual female comics.” This comment sparked a firestorm and ultimately generated thousands of responsive tweets including a few from Stormy.

Daniels snapped back, disappointed to see a woman tearing down other women, and said she’s been writing comedy material for over a decade, adding, “Would you like me to critique your bj skills? Your whole foot fits in your mouth so you’ll prob do great.” Comedian Kristine Levine jumped in, accusing Daniels of using comedy as a way to just make money and get attention, and suggested that if Daniels had started at open mics, comedians might be more supportive. Daniels responded, perplexed that making money or getting attention were considered bad things, and called Kilmartin a “petty hateful twat” for her reaction. Daniels says she did improv with Tim Meadows and UCB in LA, and listed comedians who she has acted alongside including Seth Rogen, Paul Rudd, Danny McBride, Jamie Kennedy, Jason Segal and Courtney Cox, and pointed out that she appeared on Saturday Night Live as credentials qualifying her to do a comedy tour. “Too bad I’m not funny or talented enough to try comedy.”

And the back and forth brought out comments from plenty more comics, and plenty of debate over whether women should be supporting Stormy or whether Daniels decision was somehow wronging others. Others like Mike Barrentine argued– gender aside- that it harms the profession when famous people start doing stand up just because they can draw a crowd.

Among the thousands of comments: Jane Lynch supported Stormy, so did Earl Skakel, and Janey Godley. Tom Arnold laughed, Doug Stanhope suggested she stick to being a rat, Bonnie McFarlane called it disappointing, and Brandie Posey explained that the distress is because most clubs will only book a limited number of female headliners each year. “This takes work away from us which is already hard to get. I’m fine with her working other venues, more multi-purpose spaces, but not clubs.” She is, in fact the only female headliner booked at the club this month.

Kerryn Feehan jumped in, supporting Kilmartin’s response. “For the record, I like you Stormy. Yeah you’re an actual female, you’re not an actual COMIC. That was her point. If you can’t read, I doubt you can write. With that being said … can I sell my nudes in the parking lot at your show?”

Samantha Ruddy also defended Kilmartin. “Why do people think your response is you being sexist toward Stormy Daniels and not you being frustrated with a sexist system that only allots for a certain amount of female comics (1 lady headliner a month MAYBE if we’re lucky) and prioritizes celebrity over talent?” Ruddy agreed with others who welcome Stormy to take a run at comedy, but were offended that her first time in clubs is as a headliner. “I don’t understand why both male and female celebrities think our job is so easy,” she tweeted.

“I’m sure you’ve sat down and played Mary Had A Little Lamb on a piano too,” Eddie Ifft replied, sharing a similar sentiment. “Doesn’t mean you should be headlining the Blue Note. I have slid down a pole on a playground as a kid, doesn’t qualify me to work at Spearmint Rhino. For everyone’s sake, please stay in your lane.” Daniels cited Lady Gaga, Chris Jericho, Justin Timberlake, Mark Wahlberg, and The Rock, as people who didn’t stay in her lane, and said that as an American, she have the right to change careers, have multiple careers, try new things and make money how she sees fit.

Adult industry workers jumped into the debate, disappointed that there was backlash from the comedy biz. They pointed out that comedians cross into other industries- write books, star on tv shows, become dramatic actors. And many people pointed out that they feel Stormy is funny enough to give it a go. Everyone in comedy knows that there has been a surge of former and current sex workers in the stand up world, but most of them have started at the open mic level, working their way up through the clubs and bar shows with everyone else, doing the proverbial “dues paying,” working the road, and earning headlining spots.

Laurie took a lot of heat for her comment from fans and followers, some of who called her whorephobic, and seemed not to understand at all the process by which performers become headliners.

Inevitably someone referenced Louis C.K. jerking off which seemed to put a cap on the whole argument.

You can read highlights from the twitargument below:

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